Albany Theatre

107 North Jackson Street,
Albany, GA 31701

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Albany Theatre

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The Albany Theatre opened as “Southwest Georgia’s Magnificent Theatre” on September 12, 1927. Dedicated to “the pleasure loving public of South Georgia”, the Albany Theatre’s premiere program featured H. L. Tallman at the console of the three-manual Robert Morton pipe organ (Opus 2304), Ralph Barnes and his Albany Theatre Orchestra and, on the screen, Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky in “The Magic Flame”. The first director of this Adam-inspired theatre was Homer W. McCallon.

The theatre made a successful adaptation to sound films and remained Albany’s first-run theatre a few years prior to its closing in the 1970’s.

The theatre was purchased from the Farkas Estate by Oglethorpe Development Group, a minority enterprise which began underwriting a restoration of the theatre as a performing arts center.

Contributed by John Clark McCall, Jr.

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LarryBearden
LarryBearden on January 15, 2009 at 8:37 am

The Albany Theatre is up for sale for 1.5 million. There are some pictures of the renovations that have been done on www.albanyc1.com
I toured this theatre several years ago before restoration begin and I do not recognzie some of the areas shown in the pictures. It is possible that they may be dividing up some of the large areas. I don’t know what has happended unless the owner just ran out of funds.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 27, 2010 at 3:41 am

Renovation seems to have gone kaput. Building is now for sale on Loopnet with the front recommended for offices and the auditorium “in need of major repair or tear down.”

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Come on Folks in Albany,Save this theatre,Augusta SAVED THREE of her downtown theatres!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

October 15 1973 Now showing “BLACKENSTEIN” Rated PG. I don’t think this movie ever made it to our downtown theatres in Augusta.I had heard about it.Of course.“BLACULA” played.And the Sequel.

May 3 1975
Another Black movie,“SWEET SWEETBACK” is playing.

Jan.2 1977 “MONKEY HUSTLE” is playing.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Feb.18 1980 and no surprize on the movie ,its “BLACK MAGIC” Rated R.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on January 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

Here’s a January 2011 picture of the Albany.

olivet
olivet on April 4, 2011 at 8:43 am

My first job ever was usher/ticket taker at the “Albany”. I worked afternoons after till closing, and all day Sat and Sun. I made $35 a week. But gas was only about 25 cents a gallon. Fun times.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Tom O.Plez post more stories,most all of us worked ,or managed in the business.

moviebuffer
moviebuffer on June 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

this place was opulent by sowega standards. saw ‘green berets’ here, as well as many others. the problem is not that the theater is in disrepair, the problem is that albany is in disrepair. the inner city is pretty much an island where everyone exists on entitlements of one kind or another. it would be ludicrous to invest even one dime in restoring this theater.

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on June 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

This was a magnifcent theatre in the 60’s, very large for a town the size of Albany. I’m of the opinion that all historic movie theatres should be restored, what treasures they are, that we will never experience again, please save the Albany Theatre.

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